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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We're not experts, we're moms who've been there. We're not perfect, we're real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

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Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have eight kids between them, little to grown. Weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. We're not experts, we're moms who've been there. We're not perfect, we're real. Welcome to The Mom Hour.

    Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

    Big Moves, Part Two (Prepping, Packing, Relocating): Episode 267

    Moving while momming is no small task–and we’ve been there, trust us. Meagan has mastered the art of the DIY cross-town move to a new home with a whole bunch of kids; Sarah’s moves have been fewer and farther between, but also farther in distance and bigger in scope. Join us as we continue last week’s discussion about big moves and get into the details of actually packing up and relocating your family. Enjoy!



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    Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.





    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 267:

    This episode is a continuation of our episode on moving last week, Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding)

    You might also like these episodes:

    Moving, Remodeling & Other Home Transitions: Episode 153

    Moving With Kids & Cultivating Community: Episode 56

    This Is Where You Belong with Melody Warnick: Voices 03

    Sarah ordered colored packing tape like this (affiliate link) to execute her color-coded boxes system

    • 48 min
    Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

    Big Moves, Part One (Dreaming, Planning, Deciding): Episode 266

    Do you dream of packing up the family and moving somewhere new? Or starting fresh in a different home or neighborhood? Maybe the idea of a move isn’t yours, but has been introduced by a job change or prompted by family circumstance. In this first of a two-part series on big moves, Meagan and Sarah talk about fantasy moves, aspirational moves, and making the decision to actually move our families. We also look at all the considerations we’ve made when planning a big move–from schools and neighborhoods to house features and commute times. Whether you’re dreaming of a move or happy where you are, this is a fun one. Join us!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks



    Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi



    Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order.



    Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms



    Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 266:

    Reach out and say hello at hello@themomhour.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

    More Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About: Episode 265

    In hindsight, was the worry worth it? That’s the question Meagan and Sarah are looking at in this week’s episode, as we bring back a popular series all about things that stressed us out as less experienced moms. From nutrition and discipline to kids’ friendships and developmental milestones, we look at the worries that kept us up at night and how it all turned out in the end. Join us!



    Sponsor Spotlight: Vooks



    Vooks is an ever-growing streaming library of kid-safe animated storybooks on all your favorite devices. With read-along pacing, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text, it’s quality screen time you can feel good about. For a 30 day free trial subscription go to vooks.com



    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



    Breyers® CarbSmart is a line of sweet treats with 3-5 grams net carbs per serving. They’ve got tubs and bars in yummy flavors like caramel swirl, chocolate covered almond, vanilla, and peanut butter. Try Breyers® CarbSmart for your next sweet-tooth craving; available at all major retailers.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi



    Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order.



    Sponsor Spotlight: Little Passports



    Little Passports is a subscription box full of toys and games for kids ages 3 and up. There are subscription options for different ages and interests, with everything from science to world travel. For 15% off your order, use code Use offer code THEMOMHOUR at LittlePassports.com



    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 265:

    Listen to our other Things We Shouldn’t Have Freaked Out About episodes

    We mentioned Meagan’s NBC News THINK piece Parenting kids over 18 is still parenting. You just get less control and the stakes are higher.

    Sarah recommended the book No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident and Compassionate Girls (affiliate link)

    Listeners are connecting in fun ways in our Facebook group – full of helpful moms (please answer the questions when you request to join!)

    • 54 min
    Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

    Starting Small With Self-Reliant Living With Kris Bordessa: Voices 49

    For the first time in generations, many of us are reexamining how often we shop, where we get our groceries, and what household essentials we might be able to make at home instead of running out to buy. But this month’s Voices guest Kris Bordessa has been teaching families how to live more sustainably for years. Hear Meagan get Kris’s take on the bake-your-own-bread craze, why so many adults feel like they never really learned to cook, and how growing your own food or making soap doesn’t have to be overwhelming. They also discuss Kris’s new book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living. Check it out!





    Sponsor Spotlight: Gruvi



    Grüvi is a new line of non-alcoholic beers and wine that we think you’re going to love. Whether you’re pregnant and looking for fun mocktail ideas or not drinking for any other reason, visit www.getgruvi.com and use the code MOMHOUR for 15% off your order.



    Partner Offer: Shoot Along Camera Classes for Moms



    Shoot Along is an online photography course for moms who want to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Shoot Along is offering two different online courses that you do completely on your own time at your own pace–Camera Express and Editing Express. Head to ShootAlong.com/themomhour to get Camera Express and Editing Express bundled together for just $39.99.



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Voices 49:

    Check out Kris Bordessa’s book Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living

    Learn more on Kris’ blog Attainable Sustainable

    Connect with Kris on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

    • 51 min
    Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

    Flattering Summer Fashion For Moms: Episode 264

    We may be staying closer to home this summer, but we still want to feel good about the way we look! Join Meagan and Sarah for an update on our warm weather wardrobes, from which pieces have served us in past summers to what we’re eyeing for purchase this year. We talk about tops and bottoms, undergarments and swimwear, shoes and accessories. Join us!



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    Sponsor Spotlight: Breyers® CarbSmart



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    Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 264:

    Tops

    Sarah’s favorite t shirts are these Whisper cotton from Madewell

    We both love dolman sleeve tops even in summertime, like this one from Jane (affiliate link) that Sarah has in three colors

    Bottoms

    We both like linen shorts from Target with pockets, like these (affiliate link)

    Meagan wears her Fabletics Leggings most mornings (affiliate link)

    Sarah loves these Denim shorts from Jane (affiliate link)

    Sarah talked about her comfy pants in this episode, and again they are: Lululemon Align Jogger Crop, Fold Over Linen Pants from Jane (affiliate link), Lively Wide-Leg Lounge Pants for Madewell

    Shoes

    Sarah wears Havaiana Flip Flops all summer long (affiliate link)

    Kyrgies are still great for the summer! (We got ours as part of our sponsor relationship and both LOVE them. You can still use code THEMOMHOUR to get 15% off your order.)

    Swim

    Meagan just bought a few new swimsuits from Dokifans, and has had good luck in the past with Soma, MiracleSuit (that link gets you 20% off!), Modcloth (try code MODMOM), Urban Outfitters, and Victoria’s Secret

    Sarah thinks these J. Crew boy short bikini bottoms are great

    Dresses/Rompers/Undergarments

    Meagan and Sarah both love their Harper Wilde Bras, particularly the Harper Wilde Base Bra

    Jersey swing dresses (like these from Old Navy) double as cover-ups, and THIS ONE has pockets!

    Accessories

    Sarah bought this kimono from Jane (affiliate link)

    Email us your feedback and questions to hello@themomhour.com. We love hearing from you!

    • 58 min
    Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

    Talking About Racism As A Family (A Candid Conversation With Meagan’s Niece & Nephew)

    In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan talks to her niece Cecily and her nephew Mario about their experiences as young black people living in today’s world. The discussions are at times raw and may make you squirm, but we’re hoping they will also make you think, learn, and hopefully, continue the conversation in your own homes, families, and communities.

    • 1 hr 25 min

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